Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport achieves 'gold standard' in cleanliness
EGLIN AFB — Okaloosa County officials announced Thursday that the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) has achieved the Global Biorisk Advisory Council STAR accreditation, the “gold standard for prepared facilities.”
Under the council’s guidance, VPS “has implemented the most stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention in its airport,” county officials said in a news release.
“As the cleaning industry’s only outbreak prevention, response and recovery accreditation, GBAC STAR helps organizations establish protocols and procedures, offers expert-led training and assesses a facility’s readiness for biorisk situations,” officials said in the release. “The program verifies that the Destin–Fort Walton Beach Airport implements best practices to prepare for, respond to and recover from outbreaks and pandemics.”
In a statement, GBAC Executive Director Patricia Olinger said, “GBAC STAR accreditation empowers facility owners and managers to assure workers, customers and key stakeholders that they have proven systems in place to maintain clean and healthy environments. By taking this important step to pursue GBAC STAR, the Destin–Fort Walton Beach Airport has received third-party validation that it follows strict protocols for biorisk situations, thereby demonstrating its preparedness and commitment to operating safely.”
County officials said VPS is the fastest-growing airport in the United States, as reported by Bloomberg during the last two years.
“With this growth, even in a pandemic, comes the high responsibility to provide the best in clean and safe environments for our travelers, tenants and employees,” county Airports Director Tracy Stage said in a statement. “It is the goal, routinely achieved on many fronts, of VPS to lead by example in our industry. The GBAC STAR accreditation is a seal of approval on yet another goal achieved by the outstanding team at the Okaloosa County Airports.”